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Patriots’ picks at a glance

April 27, 2012
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NO. 21 OVERALL

DE CHANDLER JONES, SYRACUSE, 6-5, 266 pounds

Three-year starter is extremely athletic and has a lightning-quick first step . . . Comes from athletic stock: his brother Arthur Jones is a defensive end with the Ravens, while another brother, Jon “Bones’’ Jones, is a UFC fighter . . . Has excellent recognition skills and lateral movement - he will make plays all over the field . . . Possesses good closing speed and will explode into opponents . . . Has long arms and will knock passes down at the line . . . Lacks strength and bulk but has frame to gain weight . . . Has had injuries and missed five games last season after suffering a knee injury in season opener.

NO. 25 OVERALL

ILB DONT’A HIGHTOWER, ALABAMA, 6-2, 265 pounds

One of the most-respected players on the nation’s best defense . . . Two-time captain is a physical player known for big hits and making big plays at key moments . . . When he hits you, you feel it for days . . . He has the versatility to stuff runners and to stack and shed blockers and collapse the pocket . . . Very effective blitzer . . . Also can drop into coverage (a weakness for many inside players) and make plays . . . Hightower is thick and muscular with deceptive speed and quickness . . . His aggressive nature will get him in trouble at times as he will sometimes overpursue . . . Tore his left ACL in 2009.

JIM McBRIDE

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